On Saturday 28 October, during Dutch Design Week, the Dutch Design Awards were presented. DeFlat Kleiburg was rewarded with the Future Award, making it this year’s big winner. They also won in the Habitat category. The jury was unequivocal: “DeFlat Kleiburg sends out a clear and positive message: community building is the future. This approach offers opportunities for the enormous number of similar tasks at home and abroad.”
DeFlat addresses an urgent topic: throughout the world, a multitude of buildings built in the 1960s and 1970s deserve renovation rather than the wrecking ball. The jury particularly praises the fact that a tangible solution is offered for the genuine, international problem of scalable re-appropriation.
After several attempts at revitalising developments in the Bijlmer Amsterdam, DeFlat Kleiburg is the first to succeed, genuinely improving the quality of life of the block’s residents and the community. An encouraging example.
The international jury, comprising Bart Ahsmann (BEDA), Saskia van Stein (bureau Europa), Carolien Ligtenberg (Bureau Zwirt), Rosa Bertoli (Wallpaper), Deyan Sudjic (Design Museum London), Beatrice Leanza (Beijing Design Week), Joost Alferink (Product Designer, Design Consultancy), Roosje Klap (Graphic Designer) and Marco Coello (Design Week Mexico), selected the winners, who were announced on Saturday 28 October during Dutch Design Week.
The other Dutch Design Awards this year went to: Vlisco Un à Un by Michiel Schuurman (Communication), ZandGlas by Atelier NL (Design Research), Bravado: a pretentious, swaggering display of courage (F/W 2017) by Das Leben am Haverkamp (Fashion), Quooker Flex by Quooker (Product), White Spots by Studio Richard Vijgen (Service & Systems), Frank Kolkman (Young Designer Award) and Royal FloraHolland (Best Client Award). Sheltersuit 4.0 by designer Bas Timmer received the most public votes online and in the exhibition, making it the winner of the Public Award.
Since 2003 Dutch Design Awards (DDA) has rewarded Dutch designers for their most impressive, innovative and ground-breaking projects. In addition to the awards for Product, Communication, Habitat, Fashion, Design Research, Service & Systems and Young Designer, a special prize is also awarded by DDA to clients (Best Client Award) and in cooperation with the BNO in this anniversary year the biennial BNO Piet Zwart Award will be awarded. The most promising design for the future is crowned with the Future Award.
In this anniversary year DDA celebrates the future with a new batch of designers, the publication of the archives and the telling of stories behind 15 years of the best of
Dutch design in the Dutch Design Gallery. With the competition, the Awards Show, a (travelling) retrospective exhibition and the publication of Dutch Design Today the Dutch Design Awards is a unique platform for Dutch design. Since 2008 DDA has had its head office in the design capital Eindhoven. DDA is the annual highlight of Dutch Design Week. www.dutchdesignawards.nl
Dutch Design Foundation (DDF) is optimistic and believes in the problem-solving capacity of designers that help the world improve. Which is why DDF offers designers opportunities, support, publicity and a stage. Dutch Design Foundation organises Dutch Design Week and Dutch Design Awards, but is active far outside the Netherlands. Throughout the year DDF organizes debates, lectures, exhibitions and meetings. This is how DDF puts the best and most promising designers in the spotlights and introduces their ideas and designs to the world. www.dutchdesignfoundation.com.